Fish and Game staff throughout the Northwest have been instructed to work with trappers to develop proposals requiring trapper education for trappers. Commissioners believe mandatory trapper education courses should include instruction in ethics and best practices on how and where traps are placed on the landscape. This should help to reduce instances of dogs and other non-targeted species being caught not only in conibear-type traps, but foothold traps and snares as well.
Mandatory hunter education became a requirement in many states and the accident rate has dropped significantly over the years. The vast majority of trappers conduct themselves responsibly too and Fish and Game staff are confident that like hunter education, trapper education will make a difference.